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possible. >> i'm much more thankful. i'm like i really don't want to age and get older and hit 40 and 50, but i'll be so happy to. it is another chance at life. >> we wish her luck. the news tonight is far from over. >> the news edge at 11:00 starts right now. this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. >> the edge begins wit an in dispersal story out of loudoun county -- with an inspirational story out of loudoun county. i'm laura evans. >> about and i'm maureen umeh it. centered around a very special 4th grader gabriella miller. last month she was diagnosed with cancer, but while undergoing chemotherapy, she's thinking of others. >> she's been encouraging kids around the world to write letters to is an that. fox 5's lauren demarco -- to
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santa. fox 5's lauren demarco explains why. >> reporter: gabriella is a tiny 9-year-old with a huge heart and it's because of her sick children across the area will see their wishes come true. >> dear santa, i'm gabriella, the one with the tumor. >> reporter: gabriella wanted other children to have the same opportunity. her mother saw in an ad macy's was donating $1 to make a wish for every letter to santa received in its stores up to $1 million. >> make a wish has really touched me. >> reporter: but gabriella wanted to make sure other children in her shoes could have the same opportunity. her mom saw an ad for macy's believe campaign. for every letter to is an at it retailer was donating $1 to the make a wish foundation. gabriella decided to set a goal. >> she realized that if she could generate 10,000 letters, macy's would give $10,000 to make a wish and another child would get her wish granted. >> reporter: meet family
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friend chris croll. she helped gabriella start a facebook page and flue social media and toward of mouth the plan -- through social media and word of mouth the plan took off. >> the first 10 days we got 20,000 letters and then 50,000 then 100,000 letters and we stopped setting goals after that. >> reporter: the total delivered to macy's? >> 240,983. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: gabriella's friends from school and synagogue had an important request from santa. >> for gabriella to get better. >> reporter: but clearly they weren't the only ones to pitch in. >> we have letters from all 50 united states and every continent. >> reporter: gabriella miller seems born with a mission to help others. long before being diagnosed with cancer herself at the age of 7 she donated her hair to locks of love and she's collected money for a local food pantry. now she's touching hearts all around the world. >> we have soldiers in afghanistan who sent me messages on facebook saying after what happened in
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connecticut i was so bummed out and then i saw gabriella's story on the redskins page and it lifted my spirits right back up and i believe in humankind again. >> reporter: in her letter to santa gabriella challenged macy's to go even further. >> what if make a wish gets 1,020,000 letters? where are the extra 20,000 letters going to go? are they going to go to wishes for kids or are they just extras? every 10,000 should be a wish. >> reporter: macy's announced it will donate an extra $25,000 in gabriella's name. >> you might have a bad day today, but there's always a bright star to look forward to tomorrow. look inside. what's your bright star? thank you. happy holidays. [ cheering and applause ] lause >> reporter: at the dulles town center, lauren demarco, fox 5 news. >> she is fabulous, what a girl. changing the page now another top story tonight,
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school safety. it has been a hot button issue in the wake of deadly connecticut school shooting. it's also setting off a bitter dispute between those who want tougher gun laws and staunch second amendment supporters. today the national rifle soccer reiterating its controversial position how to -- association reiterating its controversial position how to keep kids safe. >> reporter: as morning continues over -- mourning continue over the victims of the sandy hook school shooting the nra doubles down on its solution to prevent something like this from happening again. >> is it crazy to call for putting police and armed security guards in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> reporter: wayne lapierre standing by his idea to put armed guards in all schools during his appearance on meet the press. >> i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: many americans are not sold on the idea. >> it's going to affect the kids psychologically and make them be in fear every day they
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walk into a school. >> obviously the kids are more important than guns in this country. >> reporter: senator kent conrad of north dakota raises concerns about the cost of securing schools the way lapierre proposes. >> we'll have 130,000 elementary and secondary schools in this country. two officers in each would cost $25 billion. where's that money coming from? >> reporter: his senate colleague chuck schumer of new york thinks the nra's position will only help lawmakers who want more stringent gun regulation. >> well, i think he's so extreme and tone deaf he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in congress. >> reporter: friday president obama assembled a task force to reduce gun violence and wants concrete proposals in a month. ideas on the table include an assault weapons ban and limiting the number of bullets a magazine can hold. in washington steve centanni, fox news. a perfect sunday to round out the weekend, but now is the
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christmas holiday going to shape up? >> a last look at the forecast. gwen? >> today was wonderful, plenty of sunshine and light winds, but things are changing. current temperatures, 37 d.c., 25 manassas, 25 annapolis. now we've got a few clouds starting to roll in and we're keeping a close eye on the system affecting areas to the west of us. from tomorrow morning since a.m. till noon there is a winter weather advisory and freezing rain advisory in the shaded areas. this includes highland, pendleton, grant and mineral counties. we are looking at the onset of some winter precipitation in the form of sleet, snow and freezing rain and then a little later in the day possibly changing into all rain. that depends on how the temperature holds. for us we're looking at precipitation starting to move. in here's our futurecast about
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midday. then you can see this line which is a mix of precipitation, snow to the just on the line barely as we watch it moving through to the afternoon hours. then you can see it pulls out moving into the 5:00 hour. we'll still be dealing with it. we get a break christmas day. things are dry and pleasant. wednesday things get back in with a second system, a little stronger. so we have a greater chance of seeing more winter precipitation with this system on wednesday than we do on monday, but if you look here, we're right in the middle of the pink. this is a mix of wintery conditions, sleet, snow and freezing rain, the snow to the north, rain to the south. as the temperature rises throughout the day, it becomes a rain event, but some of this rainfall could be heavy. that will last through until wednesday evening. for tomorrow we're talking cloudy skies. we'll see a little wintery precipitation, eventually
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turning into rain. how long it sticks around is the question. once again the temperatures are the factor. so some unsettled weather christmas eve, a wintery mix and rain and drizzle and christmas day dry and sunny and christmas night into wednesday is where we're talking freezing rain, sleet and rain. so that's how it's coming together. here's a look at our fox 5 accuweather seven-day forecast. we get back to dry conditions again on thursday. back to you. >> that does it for us. fox 5 news is always on >> keep is right here. sports xtra is just two minutes away. this holiday, share everything.
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of welcome -- welcome to your washington area nissan dealers sports xtra. >> it is a 17 week season and the redskins need of last one of them as they zero in on the playoffs, 16 down, one more to go. we'll take you inside the locker room and around the league for the rest of the day's games and dive into some of those playoff scenarios. let's begin in philadelphia where robert griffin, iii rocking that knee brace made his return, cleared to play, but to what extent would we see that explosiveness and elusiveness and frankly again the eagles would it even matter? rg3 getting warmed up early in this one from a chilly lincoln
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financial field in philadelphia, skins going for a sixth consecutive victory. 1st quarter eagles drive first, nick foles to jeremy maclin. foles frustrated a large majority of the day. late 1st quarter foles chased from behind by ryan kerrigan. he coughs it up. richard crawford scoops, one of two turnovers and one of five sacks. led to a kai forbath field goal. 2nd quarter griffin in more of a pocket qb role, hits pierre garcon for a 27-yard gain, his fifth straight gain of 65 yards or more receiving sets up a second forbath field goal. a third straight game with an interception for fletch. five on the season. a quick pass out to josh morgan in from 11-yard out from the touchdown, skins with the lead
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for -- 11 yards out from the touchdown, skins with the lead for good. first drive of the 3rd quarter skins marched right down the field and it's alfred morris capping it off with a 10-yard run and a baseball swing, his 10th touchdown of the season, 22 carries, 91-yard, 2010- skins. 3rd quarter 3rd and 10 a perfect pass from griffin to santana moss. look at effort by moss, drags that foot, gets both in the end zone, a touchdown and it's 27- 13 lead. nick foles gets the pass away but it stent get past the line of scrimmage. -- doesn't get past the line of scrimmage. the game is over. skins win 27-20 to make it six wins in a row. >> we're playing the best ball that we have all year at the right time. we're rolling and we all know that. it's been a change in our mindset since after the bye week and i think everybody is just dialed in now. we know that we can win any kind of game we have toetter
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it's a high scoring -- to, whether it's a high scoring game or low scoring game or gut wrencher at the end. >> any time you win the division everybody knows you have a home field game in the playoffs. we have talked about that from day one. they knew what we had to do to get this. i told them we haven't accomplished anything yet. we've got to win the division and get it done next week. >> six straight is the longest regular season winning streak for the skins since 1996. today's w is the 174th win of mike shanahan's career tying mike holmgren with 11 all time. you're looking at what was essentially rg3's only rushing attempt of the game. what the head coach saw that made him rethink some of those designed runs next. 
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